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Jennifer Witham  August 5, 2012 12:01 AM



A frustrating game that needed Benny Hill music, was Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley's summation of the Magpies' get-out-of-jail win over St Kilda on Saturday night.

The Pies' inability to ice the game late in the final quarter irritated Buckley, with the almost comedic run of errors prompting the Pies' coach to suggest a musical score could easily accompany a replay of the game's end. 

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"There's plenty of things going through your mind," Buckley said, when asked what he was thinking as the match wound down.

"Not a lot [is printable].

"I just felt like it was a bit of The Goodies. A bit of Benny Hill music could have been playing in the background.

"We just seemed to make every little error we possibly could to lose the game of footy.

"We got away with it in many ways because we did so much out of character towards the end there.

"We ground it out. It wasn't our best footy, apart from the second quarter, which we've identified as the way we want to play."

Among that was the spontaneous decision made by 11-gamer Jamie Elliott to play on when he marked inside 50 with less than a minute remaining, which Buckley put down to the game's intensity.

"We saw it last night with [Hawthorn midfielder] Brad Sewell, who's played 200-odd games," he said.

"Pressure can do funny things to individuals and it affects decision making and we're still honing that to make sure that we're making the right decisions at the right time."

Darren Jolly's 37 hit-outs, 10 marks and two goals, and Harry O'Brien's defensive work on Stephen Milne in an often-testy head-to-head, combined with his rebound work, pleased Buckley.

But the fact the Pies should have won by more than the solitary goal irked him, and he declined to elaborate on whether he would have forecasted the team's current top four position back in the pre-season.  

"Personally I don't believe we're in a position to be projecting too far forward, and definitively not reflecting on what we thought our aspirations were at the beginning of the year," he said.

"You can only ever deal with what's in front of you.

"We had a narrow victory tonight that should have been a lot more substantial than that.

"We'll take the lessons from it, the positives from it, and then we'll go and attack the ladder leaders [the Sydney Swans] next weekend."

Defender-turned-forward Tyson Goldsack was subbed out in the third quarter with a "sore lower leg", which the Pies will know more about once the injury settles.

Meanwhile, the Magpies were disappointed alleged specifics of Andrew Krakouer's February knee reconstruction had been broadcasted.

Leading AFL medical expert and commentator Dr Peter Larkins told 3AW on Friday night he believed Krakouer had used the tendon of a deceased person in a procedure he didn't think had been used in the AFL before.

"We are disappointed details of Andrew's reconstruction have been made public," a club spokesman said.

Krakouer played his first game back from the operation on Saturday in the VFL.

He got through the game, as did fellow knee reconstruction recipient Brent Macaffer and forward Alan Didak, who is two games into a return from an adductor tear.

Jennifer Witham is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow her on Twitter @AFL_JenWitham.